Advancing Excellence and Public Trust in Government

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ISBN-13:
9780739145463
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Ebook
Seiten:
122
Autor:
Caleb M. Clark
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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This book contains the academic presentations at a Symposium on Advancing Excellence and Public Trust in Government which focused on the role of transparency in restoring the public trust. There was certainly a very broad consensus at the Symposium that transparency in government is extremely desirable, needs to be improved, will bring reform and improvement to the public sector, and should make a major contribution to the restoration of the public trust in the United States.
Over the last four decades the public trust in government in the United States has fallen dramatically due to a 'perfect storm' of contributing factors, such as a seemingly never ending string of political scandals, partisan polarization and toxic attack politics, and miserable failures to respond to natural disasters or the devastation of the Great Recession. This book contains the academic presentations that were made at the Symposium on Advancing Excellence and Public Trust in Government that was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on September 17, 2007. In particular, the Symposium focused upon how improving transparency in governmental operations could be used to assuage some of the popular doubts about and hostility toward America's governments. There was certainly a very broad consensus at the Symposium that transparency in government is extremely desirable, needs to be improved, will bring reform and improvement to the public sector, and should make a major contribution to the restoration of the public trust in the United States. Indeed, support for improved transparency can be found across the political spectrum, as both conservatives and liberals believe that more openness in government will promote parts of their very different policy agendas. Truly, transparency appears to be an all-American issue. The discussion at the Symposium revolved around three broad themes. The first concerned transparency about government operations per se, such as how decisions were made and what detailed budgets are. A second and somewhat broader theme concerned greater transparency of 'performance measures' which tell us what the effects of specific policies are and how effective or efficient government agencies are. Third and even more broadly, some of the participants argued that general questions of governance provide the key for a renewal of public trust among our citizenry. This book of presentations at the Symposium is organized into four parts based on this distinction. Part I contains two challenges to America to restore the public trust. Parts II to IV then cover transparency, performance measures, and broader issues about general governance.
1 Introduction2 Advancing Excellence and Public Trust in Government3 Part I: The Challenge4 Chapter 1: The Challenge of Resurrecting the Public Trust5 Chapter 2: Serving the Public to Restore the Public Trust6 Part II: Promoting Transparency7 Chapter 3: Promoting Transparency in Local Governments8 Chapter 4: Bringing Transparency to Public Budgeting9 Chapter 5: Using the Internet to Create Transparency in State Budgets10 Chapter 6: Transparency in the Contracting Process11 Chapter 7: Higher Education as Transparency Challenged12 Chapter 8: Transparency and Cleaning Up Local Governments13 Chapter 9:Measuring Government Performance and Officials' Qualifications14 Chapter 10: A "Bottoms Up" Approach to State Transparency15 Chapter 11: Issues in Transparency and Restoring the Public Trust16 Part III: Performance Measures and Reform17 Chapter 12: Measuring Government Performance to Promote Transparency18 Chapter 13: Transparency and Measuring What Governments Do19 Chapter 14: Targeted Transparency20 David Weil21 Chapter 15: Transparency in the Broader Context of Governance and Civic Engagement22 Part IV: Transforming General Governance23 Chapter 16: Making a Difference in People's Lives to Regain the Public Trust24 Chapter 17: The Need to Establish the Purpose of Government25 Paula Gordon26 Chapter 18: Civic Engagement and Transparency for Regaining the Public Trust27 Contributors
Over the last four decades the public trust in government in the United States has fallen dramatically due to a 'perfect storm' of contributing factors, such as a seemingly never ending string of political scandals, partisan polarization and toxic attack politics, and miserable failures to respond to natural disasters or the devastation of the Great Recession. This book contains the academic presentations that were made at the Symposium on Advancing Excellence and Public Trust in Government that was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on September 17, 2007. In particular, the Symposium focused upon how improving transparency in governmental operations could be used to assuage some of the popular doubts about and hostility toward America's governments. There was certainly a very broad consensus at the Symposium that transparency in government is extremely desirable, needs to be improved, will bring reform and improvement to the public sector, and should make a major contribution to the restoration of the public trust in the United States. Indeed, support for improved transparency can be found across the political spectrum, as both conservatives and liberals believe that more openness in government will promote parts of their very different policy agendas. Truly, transparency appears to be an all-American issue. The discussion at the Symposium revolved around three broad themes. The first concerned transparency about government operations per se, such as how decisions were made and what detailed budgets are. A second and somewhat broader theme concerned greater transparency of 'performance measures' which tell us what the effects of specific policies are and how effective or efficient government agencies are. Third and even more broadly, some of the participants argued that general questions of governance provide the key for a renewal of public trust among our citizenry. This book of presentations at the Symposium is organized into four parts based on this distinction. Part I contains two challenges to America to restore the public trust. Parts II to IV then cover transparency, performance measures, and broader issues about general governance.

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